Eugenio Marcano

GIS & Soil Science Instructor, Geoprocessing Lab Manager

Office: 412 Clapp Laboratory
Email: emarcano at
Phone: 413-538-3237
Fax: 413-538-2239


Explaining to the GPS receivers how to acquire a quick satellite fix.


  • Ph.D. Soil Chemistry, 1994
    Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • M.A. Soil Chemistry, 1987
    Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • B.S. Agricultural Engineering, 1984
    Pedro Henriquez Urena National University, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic



  • Geog 321 - Geographic Information Systems (Spring 2007, '09, '11)
  • Geog 205 - Mapping and Spatial Analysis (Spring 2015)
  • Geog 210 - GIS for the Social Sciences (Fall 2015, 2016)
  • Geog 230 - Environmental Soil Science (Spring 2016, 2017)


Research Interest

I have 20+ years of experience in GIS and spatial analysis of data and have been working as GPL manager at Mt. Holyoke College since Summer 2006 and part time instructor since 2015. Before coming to MHC, I was assistant professor of GIS at Clark University, Worcester, MA from January 2001 to June 2006. And before that I taught and worked with GIS for different universities and public and private institutions in the Dominican Republic.

My interests are application of geospatial technologies to natural resources management, although I have been involved with many other applications of GIS. Among the research I've been involved before coming to MHC include a study of hunger issues and food distribution in the horn of Africa and in Worcester county, land use planning and land cover contrasts along the Haitian/Dominican Border, development of geospatial database for natural resources in the Dominican Republic, conservation planning in the Blackstone river watershed, etc.

The projects I'm involved with now are described in the GPL projects page.

I have been major advisor of the following M.A. students and research at Clark University:

  • Carlos Armas (GISDE/MA ’05): Association between traffic density and other environmental variable with childhood asthma in Worcester, MA
  • Christopher Ayres (GISDE/MA ’05): Land Cover Change and Landscape Fragmentation on the Border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti
  • Eben Swain (GISDE/MA ’05): Use of Remotely Sensed Imagery to Assess Land Use Change and Runoff Characteristics in the Blackstone River Watershed
  • Matt Traina (GISDE/MA ’04): Spatial Epidemiology: Using Data Mining Techniques to Investigate Canine Malignant Lymphoma in Massachusetts
  • Ahmad Bintouq (GISDE/MA ’04): A Framework for a National Effort towards Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the United Arab Emirates: A Case Study of the Government GIS
  • Miguel Castrence (GISDE/MA ’03): Rapid Coral Reef Assessment with Remote Sensing: Local Spatial Autocorrelation in Landsat ETM + Imagery as an Indicator of Ecosystem Health.
  • Maction Komwa (GISDE/MA ’03): Identification of Best-bet Maize-based Cropping Systems in Malawi
  • Oscar Maroto (IDSC/MA '03): Use of GIS and Stakeholder Participation to Determine Conservation Priorities in the Massachusetts Section of the Blackstone River Watershed